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2014-09-02 at 16:50

Police kick off new school year with school-zone blitz

By Jodi Lundmark,
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THUNDER BAY - Back to school means watching your speed as city police are keeping an eye on school zones in time for the first day of school on Wednesday.

“Schools are transportation hubs. There’s a lot of traffic that comes and goes from schools. People have to be aware that kids aren’t always predictable and you have to be the one that’s taking the extra care,” said traffic Sgt. Glenn Porter of the Thunder Bay Police Service.

With children returning to the classroom this week, Porter said it’s a time for drivers to shed bad summer driving habits.

“We’re all creatures of habit and it’s all about changing bad habits into good habits,”  he said, adding that police will also be monitoring motorists’ speeds outside of school hours.

“A lot of people say ‘why are the police enforcing the speed zones at 5 p.m.?’” said Porter.

“If you show me a school, I’ll show you a play centre and I’ll show you kids that are going to be using it at those hours. We want to make sure kids are safe all the time,” he added.

Porter also asked motorists to be on the lookout for crossing guards and to obey their signs as they are the equivalent of any other stop sign.

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Ozone says:
Another tax grab just like the free dump week ticket blitz.

If it was that important , there would be year round speed traps.

Not the once a year ticket blitz! Sorry cash grab !
9/2/2014 5:38:39 PM
Glyder says:
Neither is really a cash grab, if you follow the posted speed limits, or in the case of the dump, tie down/cover you garbage.

Too many people are speeding way to fast in residential areas, and this also leads to the various blowing of stop signs, and yellow/red lights.

And I am sorry, if you get caught at the dump with an unsecured or uncovered load, you deserve it. They have had this blitz on for years now. It's your own fault if your that much better than everyone else and don't need to follow the rules.
9/3/2014 9:19:54 AM
moonpie says:
Ya, it probably has nothing to do with protecting kids from speeding drivers. On Walsh there is a public school just up the street from St. Pats high school. Teens often leave the high school and drag up Walsh past the public school doing in excess of 80 khm. I'm happy to see police parked there pulling them over.
9/3/2014 1:07:22 PM
Jjo1972 says:
Thank you Thunder Bay Police!!! Schools and the surrounding areas are very much used by our children not just during school hours. Take your time folks.
Keep up the good work guys!
9/2/2014 5:56:34 PM
YellowSnow13 says:
Personally, I think they should of started this a week ago. That 40km sign is sometimes left in the dust.
9/2/2014 7:26:34 PM
ranma says:
Yes the community cash grab zones will be covered with cops as they try their best to raise funds to make up for the overtime all the murders this city has had. While the police are ticketing people in these community cash grab zones, more crimes will go unsolved.

Kinda funny how they want to ensure kids are safe all the time..but they only do this blitz when school starts. Why aren't they doing it year round in areas people are known to speed, other than Oliver Road?
9/2/2014 8:12:13 PM
dan dan says:
The murders and suspicious deaths are interesting, shocking even, but what really impacts MY life on a daily basis are all the speeders. My life is put at risk daily by motorists that refuse to obey the laws. I applaud the Thunder Bay Police and wish they would do more of this.

Too bad the OPP don't get the message. They were out there AGAIN checking seatbelts, even after admitting non-compliance was very low after their last blitz. Shame, OPP!
9/3/2014 11:21:47 AM
smartguy83 says:
Blitzing now will in turn make drivers aware in the long run. It's a friendly reminder. If they stood there all year they would never issue tickets and it would be a waste of resources. Blitzing helps enforce the rules when they are not able to be there. Deal with it.
9/3/2014 11:55:51 AM
tiredofthebs says:
What crimes are going unsolved? You seem to know about something the rest of us don't. Please fill us in.
9/3/2014 12:29:49 PM
jonthunder says:
It is good a lower speed is being enforced in school and safety zones. What is bad is the city refused to pay the cost of putting in flashing warning lights to alert drivers and they often unconsciously speed and get caught and fined in those zones, and this is producing a great deal of unnecessary animosity.
9/3/2014 6:03:46 AM
Surfer79 says:
Yah bad coppers doing a cash grab on areas of the city where your always supposed to be driving 40
Stop your whining and drive safe 4 days ago a kid did get hit by a car.

And for all the complaints on the police budget the other day. Look they are covering some of their costs with your inability to leave your house 5 mins earlier.
9/3/2014 7:01:03 AM
This is it says:
My job includes driving in this city for most of the day. I see so many speeders and people talking on cell phones and rolling stops, its ridiculous...People think just because school is out, that the 40kpm no longer applies. Clarkson and Windemere is the worst for rolling stops. at my best guess maybe 2% of drivers come to a full stop. as for speeders, more women speed then men do, don't know why that is, but just take a look next time you get passed. STAY OFF YOUE CELL PHONES.
9/3/2014 7:58:17 AM
sonny_jim says:
I think this is a great idea, as during the summer the roads are quiet and people might drive a little faster.

Here's an idea though: How about 40km/hr zone only during the school year? Or, only during school hours (7 am to 10 pm) to accommodate for extra curricular activities.
9/3/2014 9:11:35 AM
unknowncronik says:
next thing you will be saying is only have ride programs after midnight & only within a block from the bars...

the posted speeds are year-round, regardless if school is in or not & regardless of the time.
9/3/2014 10:53:39 AM
rootbear says:
Couldn't have said it better myself! I'm all for the speed zones DURING the school year and hours applicable. I thought you weren't allowed on school property between 10 pm and 7 am anyway.
9/3/2014 12:57:02 PM
gurty says:
I have no problem slowing down to 40 km/h during school hours but not at 2 am. Other communities have calendar/times posted below the speed limit. Some have flashing lights on the signs stating that school is in. Others remove the “summer” speed limit sign to reveal the “school” speed limit sign. Why not Blunder Bay? Just a cash grab and another annoyance for the drivers.
9/3/2014 10:19:50 AM
what'sup says:
Is it really hard to follow rules? I find it funny that most times I am the only one following the 40km/hr signs in these zones. I have had school bus drivers, city workers, local business vehicles all speeding in these zones giving me looks and gestures. If anything happened in these areas who then would you blame?
9/3/2014 10:52:28 AM
westfortforever says:
Speed limits and other rules of the road are ignored in Thunder Bay. The chances are you won't be caught, I do alot of driving around the city and don't see many people pulled over by police. I notice more and more cars with dark tint on drivers window(isn't there a law about this) is this to hide texting and cell phone use? It would be nice to see more speed traps set up.
9/3/2014 11:45:12 AM
westfortforever says:
Speed limits and other rules of the road are ignored in Thunder Bay. The chances are you won't be caught, I do alot of driving around the city and don't see many people pulled over by police. I notice more and more cars with dark tint on drivers window(isn't there a law about this) is this to hide texting and cell phone use? It would be nice to see more speed traps set up.
9/3/2014 11:49:15 AM
Arch Stanton says:
As mentioned before, the best solution is the regular 50km/h limit, reduced to 30km/h with flashing lights in the immediate school zone from 8-9am and 3-4pm.

It works most other places in the developed world!
9/3/2014 12:20:27 PM
unknowncronik says:
The cost of putting "flashing lights" on school zone signs would outweigh it's purpose.

The posted speed limit is to be followed ALL THE TIME, no exceptions!
9/4/2014 9:49:50 AM
mystified says:
In BC the zone speed limit is only in effect during school hours. The teachers are on strike, school is not active, speed zone is not enforced.
It's not a cash grab, it's a refresher course for those who think they are above the law. You are not special, you have to follow the rules like the rest of the motorists.
9/3/2014 12:38:39 PM
conker2014 says:
Most School zones are not longer than 1km, with this assumption the difference between 40km/hr and 50km/hr is .......18 seconds.......... Slow down.
9/3/2014 3:14:22 PM
broken says:
All for policing of 40km school zones.

However, I do feel these areas need to handled better when school is not running in the evening, or the 3 months during the summer when there's no kids attending classes.

Perhaps a "40km/h during school hours" or "40km/h when children are preset" sign would be a welcome change. Allowing the area to be "safe" for kids when school is on, but also allow drivers to proceed at regular speeds when there are no children around.
9/4/2014 11:43:11 AM
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